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POLITICS: Woodall praises Partnership effort

Camie Young

Camie Young

Congressional candidate Rob Woodall praised Gwinnett leaders for efforts to draw jobs to the county.

Woodall, U.S. Rep. John Linder's former chief of staff who is trying to replace his retiring boss, spoke at this week's Partnership Gwinnett summit, an annual look back at progress made in economic development.

"Everyone talks about economic development these days, but Partnership Gwinnett is actually working to put those words into action," he said in a press release. "Its members have skin in the game, and I am proud to support its efforts. To help Partnership Gwinnett succeed, I am working to increase local control over transportation, education and water infrastructure projects."

The Republican from Lawrenceville said the accomplishments have been "remarkable," and that he looked forward to be a partner in the effort.

"I am certain that Gwinnett School Superintendent Alvin Wilbanks knows more about educating Gwinnett's children than Washington does. I am certain that Gwinnett County Transportation Director Brian Allen knows more about what Gwinnett needs as far as transportation infrastructure than Washington does," he said. "If elected in November, my commitment as this district's member of Congress is to move funding and decision making authority as close to home as possible, which is where our Founding Fathers intended for it to be. As what Speaker Nancy Pelosi has termed 'Recovery Summer' is ending with Americans still gathering around their dinner tables wondering how they will make ends meet, we can see clearly the failure of more federal control in the public and private sector. Small businesses and entrepreneurs, not the federal government, provide the job growth in this nation.

"Speaker Pelosi should take a page from the Partnership Gwinnett playbook to bring economic growth back to America," he said. "I will carry that local playbook to Washington if elected in November."

Bannister, Warbington

win awards

At Tuesday's event, Nick Masino, the Gwinnett Chamber's vice president of economic development and Partnership Gwinnett, presented two community leaders with awards.

Chuck Warbington, the executive director of the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District, received the Partner of the Year award. Masino said Warbington has done a "tremendous job of championing the redevelopment forum."

Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister was presented with the Leadership Award of Excellence.

"I really appreciate it ... but it really goes to everyone who's put their heart into Partnership Gwinnett," Bannister said. "Thank you for what you do for Gwinnett."

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